Midwife Services at Drexel Obstetrics and Gynecology
One of the first and most important decisions you'll make in your pregnancy is who will deliver your child. While most births in the U.S. are overseen by doctors, the use of midwives has grown in popularity.
At Drexel Medicine, we provide pregnant women with as many options as possible, including expert midwifery services provided by our team of certified nurse midwives.
Clear communication, trust, and a positive connection between a pregnant woman and her health care provider play an integral role in the birthing process. It's also important that the person you choose supports the decisions you make during your pregnancy. This leads some women to feel more comfortable in the care of a midwife.
Drexel Medicine's midwives are medical professionals. They hold medical degrees, certifications, and licenses including:
- A master's degree in nursing
- National certification (exam)
- State licenses where they practice
- Ability to prescribe medication in all 50 states
One reason women choose midwives over doctors is for the holistic birthing experience they provide. Midwives are especially good at helping new moms with breastfeeding, handling anxieties, and improving nutrition.
While our midwives are generally associated with a more natural birthing process, if the situation calls for it, they can and do use medication including epidurals for pain relief and antibiotics when indicated. They also will recommend a cesarean section when necessary, which can be performed by a Drexel obstetrician.
Our midwives work closely with Drexel obstetricians who are always available to assist if complications occur during pregnancy, labor, or delivery.
Other services that our certified nurse midwives offer include:
- Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle.
- Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support.
- Minimizing technological interventions.
- Performing routine gynecologic care including annual check-ups, pap tests, breast exams, and treatment for common vaginal infections.
- Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention.
Remember that your pregnancy and delivery is your unique experience—no two deliveries are identical. Many of our patients consult with several doctors and midwives before settling on the right person. Fortunately at Drexel Medicine, you can meet with obstetricians as well as certified nurse midwives who all work within one of Philadelphia's most trusted practices.
To consult with a Drexel certified nurse midwife or obstetrician, please schedule an appointment with Drexel Obstetrics and Gynecology today.
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.